GP, 76, ‘is first British doctor to die of coronavirus’ as family says he sacrificed his life to care for others
- Dr Habib Zaidi was taken ill on Tuesday and died in intensive care on Wednesday
- He was tested for COVID-19 at Southend Hospital but tests results not back yet
- Daughter Dr Sarah Zaidi, also a GP, says he had ‘textbook symptoms’ of virus
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A family GP who died in hospital on Wednesday is believed to be the first British doctor to die of coronavirus.
Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, fell ill on Tuesday and died in intensive care at Southend Hospital in Essex on Wednesday.
His COVID-19 test results have not come back yet, but his daughter Dr Sarah Zaidi, who is also a GP, says he suffered all the ‘textbook symptoms’ of the virus.
She told the BBC: ‘For that to be the thing that took him is too much to bear. It is reflective of his sacrifice. He had a vocational attitude to service.
‘He was treated as a definitive case. There is little clinical doubt it is coronavirus, the test result is academic.’
Dr Habib Zaidi, 76, (pictured) fell ill on Tuesday and died in intensive care at Southend Hospital in Essex on Wednesday
Dr Zaidi was a family doctor in Leigh-on-Sea for more than 45 years and a manging partner of Eastwood Group Practice with his wife, Dr Talat Zaidi.
He is survived by four children, who all work in the medical profession.
Medics in other countries battling the virus have died, with scientists claiming it could have more deadly consequences the more people are exposed to it, putting frontline NHS staff at greater risk.
But if Dr Zaidi’s test results come back positive, he will become the first UK doctor to fall victim.
Southend Council leader Ian Gilbert said he was ‘deeply saddened’ to hear of Dr Zaidi’s death and described him and his family as ‘well known and well loved within the community’.
Leader of Southend Council, Ian Gilbert, said: ‘We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Zaidi. Dr Zaidi and his family are well known and well loved within the community.’